Friday, October 30, 2009

Rampant shark-jumping by Apple Fanbois

Quick question: what version of Windows would you position against the just-announced Apple Leopard Server?

If you answered Microsoft Windows Home Server, you would be right.

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Connectify turns a Windows 7 device into a hotspot

Apparently, an undocumented feature in Windows 7, the software router, is the ability to turn the wi-fi functionality of your system into a hotspot.

Since Microsoft didn’t develop it further, an enterprising company called Nomadio had taken a further step, and created an end user app for it.

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The SmallBizWindows Epson WorkForce 310 Printer Review

absolutevistaaward2 While it is very good to have a crazy-big, wicked-fast color laser printer such as the HP Color LaserJet CP6015 or the award winning CM6040f, most smaller businesses would only have the resources for a desktop multifunction device (MFC), also known as all-in-ones (AIO).

For those smaller companies or needs, Epson has the WorkForce line of MFCs. At AbsolutelyWindows, we have three of these devices in our review inventory: the WorkForce 310, WorkForce 600, and WorkForce 610 all-in-ones.

We are reviewing the WorkForce 310 here.

The Epson WorkForce 310 is a small MFC created for businesses. Part of the WorkForce line, the 310 is, in Epson terminology, a 4-in-1 printer, giving the user print, copy, scan, and fax functionality.

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Resources used in this review:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Edition, x64
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Small Business
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview
  • HP Compaq C700 Notebook Computer
  • HP tx2 TouchSmart Tablet PC
  • Toshiba Tecra M7, MedikLabs
  • HP ProLiant ML110 G5
  • HP ProLiant ML350 G5

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Microsoft USB/DVD Download Tool

With netbooks everywhere, potential upgraders have found out that their path to Windows 7 bliss is blocked by the lack of an optical drive.

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The SmallBizWindows Verbatim 250 GB Premier Edition Hard Drive Review

absolutevistaaward2 In this day and age, backups, of any kind, are a must. With the advent of Windows 7 into our computing lives, backups are even more important.

Based on that, I decided to ask for, and I received three portable hard drives from Verbatim for review here at AbsolutelyWindows: a 250 GB Verbatim Premier Edition portable hard drive, a 500 GB Verbatim InSight portable hard drive, and a 1 TB Verbatim Quad-interface Professional hard drive. We are reviewing the 250 GB Premier Edition Portable Hard Drive here.

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Resources used in this review:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Edition, x64
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview, x64
  • Microsoft SyncToy v2.0, x64
  • HP tx2 Tablet PC
  • HP dv2 Notebook computer
  • HP z400 Personal Workstation
  • HP z800 Personal Workstation
  • Toshiba Tecra M7, MedikLabs
  • HP ProLiant ML110 G5
  • HP ProLiant ML350 G5, MedikLabs

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

NASA Ares I-X users in a new stage in space transportation

389936main_launch-1With NASA about to sunset all Space Shuttle missions, the ‘replacement’ for the Shuttle, the Ares rocket took to the skies yesterday in a planned launch.

While I for one, is not pleased with the replacement of a manned vehicle with a rocket – manned or unmanned, I am pleased that NASA is showing some signs of life.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Microsoft gifts the World the Outlook .pst format

Why?

Seriously though, this is ‘A Good Thing’ as there should be more interoperability between the myriad numbers of email clients out there.

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Boeing jilts Seattle for $170 million

240px-Boeing-Logo.svgThis was a surprise!

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Xerox innovates with printed circuits

xlogoXerox is one of those companies that continually confounds me.

They are very innovative and creative, yet as a company, they take falling asleep at the wheel to be some sort of sacred mantra when it comes to corporate strategy*.

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Joe Davidson Designs makes me look good

Joe Davidson Designs, of Ontario, Canada, is the designer of all logos, artwork, and other graphics used by Logikworx, and all associated and affiliated companies.

Joe is very good at what he does, and goes beyond the task by constantly refining the designs, sometimes for weeks after the ‘final’ product was delivered. (I know, that part costs money, re-doing the documents.)

A few friends had asked about the new AbsolutelyWindows, SmallBizWindows, and Logikworx logos, so I asked the normally shy Joe to provide a bio.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The SmallBizWindows HP Color LaserJet CP6015 Review

black_stretch_logo For the past several months, we have had an HP Color LaserJet CP6015, both in CP6015dn  and CP6015xh versions for review here at SmallBizWindows.

As with the award-winning HP CM6040f MFC, the CP6015 is one big, heavy machine, weighing in at approximately 285lbs just by itself (without the booklet maker accessory).

Based on its capabilities (and girth), I decided to conduct the review at MedikLabs, a fully-functioning pediatric practice in Northern Colorado.

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Resources used in this review:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Edition, x64
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Small Business
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview
  • HP Compaq C700 Notebook Computer
  • HP tx2 TouchSmart Tablet PC
  • Toshiba Tecra M7, MedikLabs
  • HP ProLiant ML110 G5
  • HP ProLiant ML350 G5

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Microsoft cancels ‘The Family Guy’ ad placement deal

Microsoft is a rarity these days.

Not just as a hugely successful and profitable software company, but as a company that employs some of the most brilliant people on Terra; from the actual foot soldiers (the Microserfs) to the wonks at Microsoft Research.

Unfortunately, this penchant for hiring brainiacs seemingly does not extend to their marketing types…(read more)

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

How I designed Windows 7, Part Deux

In my last post, I listed my Microsoft Wish List for 2008.

Earlier today, I was sent a private message about a blog I posted back in July 2008 titled, 10 Steps to a Successful Windows 7.

Re-reading the article, I realized my contribution was greater than I thought!

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

I, John Obeto, designed Windows 7!

You did what?

I was the one who designed Windows 7!

I listed 23 things I wanted Microsoft to accomplish in order to make Windows Vista a success…(read more)

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Windows 7 Launched Today!

Earlier on today, Microsoft released Windows 7 into general availability*.

I was at the Windows 7 Launch Party in New York City**, and it was a departure from the past Windows launch because of the palpable confidence of Microserfs.

Led by the always effusive Steve Ballmer, Microsoft wowed the crowd…(read more)

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

How to Kill a Brand 101: the Microsoft Sidekick Fiasco

For a company that prides itself on doing the right thing at the right time – witness their seeming acquiescence for over three years, to the totally inaccurate I’m a PC, I’m a Mac  ads from Apple, Microsoft sure fubar’d this incident.

What went wrong?

For the past week, I have watched and listened as absolutely no Microsoft C-level executive stepped up to the plate, and owned the meltdown, on behalf of Microsoft, the company…(read more)

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